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cnn newsroom continues with tony harris. >> good morning, everyone. it is thursday, the 17th of december and here are the top stories for you. moments ago a london judge's decision on whether british airways crews can strike. holiday travel for one million hinging on the ruling. the senate health care bill won't be the ambitious overhaul liberals wanted but there's still plenty of change left in it, as you will see. >> i don't want to leave with him. >> come on. >> i don't want to leave with him. >> just an amazing story here. a distressed child caught in a tug-of-war between parents. our special investigations unit looks at a custody ruling that should not have happened. good morning, everyone, i'm tony harris and you are in the "cnn newsroom." so the numbers tell a pretty painful story. nearly three and a half million people have received a foreclosure filing this year or worse, they have completely lost the roof over their heads.
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but now one major lender says it is planning to extend a helping hand. susan lisovicz is at the new york stock exchange with details on citigroup. susan, look, a lot of troubled borrowers will now be able to stay in their homes at least for the holidays. >> reporter: that's right. we're looking at about 4,000. about 2,000 who have received noise, about 2,000 who were about to receive them. citigroup, tony, is suspending foreclosures for 30 days as of tomorrow. that means for foreclosures, no evictions. of course there are -- there is fine print. along with this, the mortgage loan must be owned by citi mortgage or citi financial north america. you are out of luck if you simply make payments to citi and the mortgage is owned by other investors. a statement coming from citi saying we want our borrowers to have a much less stressful time to spend their time with their families during the holidays as opposed to worrying about their
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homes. but it must be said, tony, that it's in the bank's best interests to keep you in your home. >> absolutely. >> reporter: a bank doesn't want to have to sell a house when there's so many homes that are on the block that have lost value. of course we should also note the timing, it comes just a few days after bank ceos met with president obama about helping borrowers. and the president is supposed to meet with community banks next week, so we could see more of this. >> okay. but susan, look, the question must be asked here, is this just delaying in many cases the inevitable? >> reporter: well, we can compare this to last year because there were a whole bunch of banks that did this last year, that had these moratoriums. and what happened is that foreclosures rose after the suspensions were lifted. what's more helpful is, obviously, loan modifications. long-term solutions. we've been seeing some effects of that, foreclosure filings have fallen the past four months as loans get reworked. but we need to see more
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permanent modifications, and let's face it, a lot of these loan modifications are temporary. foreclosure filings, tony, are still up 18% from last year. it's still a very big problem. >> it really is. all right, susan, appreciate you. see you a little later. just in now to the cnn wire, british airways crew blocked from going on strike. the airline has won a high court injunction prohibiting the 12-day work stoppage that was set to start next week. union members are angry over plans they say will extend working hours and cut crew levels. travel experts estimate the strike would have affected around a million passengers during the holidays. the union and the airline are still negotiating. secretary of state hillary clinton is at the climate summit in copenhagen today. she pledged the u.s. will help bankroll a fund to compensate poorer countries for the cost of a climate treaty. still no deal in sight as world leaders fly in for final
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negotiations. >> we have now reached the critical juncture in these negotiations. i understand that the talks have been difficult. i know that our team, along with many others, are working hard and around the clock to forge a deal, and we will continue doing all that we can do. but the time is at hand for all countries to reach for common ground and take an historic step that we can all be proud of. there is a way forward. >> all right. a story we've been following for you. a new jersey man has won a long, hard court battle for custody of his 9-year-old son. david goldman has been fighting for custody of his son since 2004 when his wife took the boy on vacation to her native brazil and never returned. she remarried there, but died last year in childbirth. goldman spoke to cnn earlier today while on a flight to get his son. >> i do hope that we will
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finally be able to bring him home to me, his only parent, his only father and his family that have been waiting for him for over five years, agonizing for his return. >> shawn goldman's brazilian grandparents and his stepfather continue to appeal yesterday's court ruling. pro football player chris henry, a wide receiver for the cincinnati bengals, is dead. police in charlotte, north carolina, say henry was critically injured yesterday after falling out of the bed of a pickup during a fight with his fiancee. henry died just about four and a half hours ago. he was 26 years old. the search for two hikers on oregon's mt. hood has been officially suspended. authorities presume the two hikers are dead. the two have been missing nearly a week on the 11,000 foot plus mountain. the body of their hiking companion was found saturday.
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well, as you know, president obama is leaning on wall street's fat cats, as he put it, to lend, lend, lend, but a new report shows banks are stingier than ever with their money. what's going on here. christine romans is joining me now from new york. christine, i'd like to say i'm surprised by this news, but i don't think anyone watching is. >> reporter: no. look, the president sat down or was on a conference call with the big banks on monday. he said we want to see some results. well, there are results we can give you. the treasury department has been making these banks since april say how much they are lending to small business. we know that since april small business lending by the top 22 banks that received t.a.r.p. money, the bailout money is down 11.6 billion dollars. in october, the most recent numbers available, just released, small business lending down another billion dollars. put that into context, tony, with what you've been hearing from some of these banks. the citigroup foreclosure
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initiative, for example, bank of america this week saying that it would increase its small business lending next year by $5 billion. i agree with susan, you're going to hear these banks say these little programs to try to show that they are getting the message from the president, but in the context of how much small businesses lending, take a look. over the last six months, small business credit has been vanishing. bank of america, small business lending down 6%. american express down 4.5%. wells fargo, by the way the largest small business lender in the country, down 4%. you get the picture. it goes on and on like that. it's interesting, though, the wells fargo ceo and others frankly have said, look, we can't wait to make good loans again to small business, but small business has an issue here. they're losing customers. the value of their assets is down because of a real estate collapse. >> not all of them, christine. not all of them. >> reporter: not all of them, but, tony, you and i have talked about this many times. the numbers clearly show that the default rates are higher than they have ever been.
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so on the one hand you've got good businesses who are saying i need a loan. on the other hand you have the banks that are playing defense, trying to protect themselves as these other business loans are going bad at record rates. now, one area where the president an these bankers agreed was they all said we're getting a lot of mail saying, hey, i'm a good business owner. i have a viable business, i can't get credit. >> yes. >> reporter: apparently this is the message that's out there. i think what you're going to see is the banks will start to say next year will be the year. it's not an act of charity. everyone thinks next year could be a better year. so when it's a good business sense for them to start lending again, they will. >> okay. can i offer up another thought the for you, just a thought and then take it apart. >> reporter: sure. >> are the banks simply making more money doing other things? i don't know, buying t bills, treasury bills, derivative trading, making more money doing something other than lending? >> reporter: yes.
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i mean they're losing money on lending. on credit cards, to switch from small business to credit cards, most of the major credit card portfolios, they're losing money. we talk about all the fees and everything. they're losing money on these credit cards right now because so many people are simply gotting. when you talk about the small business portfolio, i think the bank of america ceo said the small business portfolio was a damn disaster. the new ceo says he's going to be focused on risk management for the bank. when i hear risk management and a bank i think, oh, wow, the consumer and small business, the little guy, we're the risk right now, right? so we'll see how this plays out. but i think next year, tony, if the economy can get better, then i think they're going to start lending a little bit more. but keep that in context. for how much they have pulled back on the lending for small business. >> yes. >> reporter: this year. the reason why small business is so important, it is such a big part of job creation.
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if we're going to get out of this mess for jobs, small business is what is going to pull us out. >> i'm going to send you an e-mail with another point to make. look, the e-mail is coming. all right, christine, appreciate it. thank you. >> reporter: you got it. health care reform. well, the clock is ticking in the senate. members of the house are speaking out and reynolds wolf is tracking a soggy storm system that just won't give the south a break. reynolds is next right here in the "cnn newsroom." doctor. he told me i had choices in controller medicines. we chose symbicort. symbicort starts to improve my lung function within 15 minutes. that's important to me because i know the two medicines in symbicort are beginning to treat my symptoms and helping me take control of my asthma. and that makes symbicort a good choice for me. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. and should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol may increase the chance of asthma-related death. so, it is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on other asthma medicines.
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tomorrow we'll watch that low track its way to the east and eventually northeast. look at the results, some heavy showers through parts of the southeast. and then once it moves up onto the outer banks of north carolina, it's also going to be dealing with cooler air coming in from the north. that could spell out with fairly heavy snowfall and we are talking about some snow that could be the tune up to 1 foot of snowfall in parts of virginia, back into west virginia and even portions of the carolinas. that is something to watch out for. today we'll be dealing with wind in parts of the northeast and that is going to give you some delays. for all your new york metros, philly, boston, same story. houston, new orleans the rain we were talking about and san francisco, fog and low clouds. what is new in the bay area. that's the latest on your forecast. we've got more coming up in the newsroom with tony harris moments away. it has more cargo space than pilot. and traverse beats honda on highway gas mileage too. more fuel efficient and 30% more room. maybe traverse can carry that stuff too.
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your cvs pharmacist can help, too. come in today, or go to before december 31st to find the best plan for you -- at cvs/pharmacy. so the health care battle in congress at a stalemate for the moment in the senate after a compromise seemed within reach. so where do lawmakers go from here? two top members of congress, barney frank and ron paul of texas joined larry king live last night to debate the issue. >> okay, congressman frank, we'll start with you. is this dead on arrival in the senate or do we have a shot here? >> you know, one of the things that's most troublesome to me having come from the state
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legislature is the lack of interaction between the house and the senate. there's just an institutional barrier. i'm not really sure what's going on. i also have to say i've been pretty preoccupied up through last friday with the financial reform regulation so i haven't looked at it. but i don't think it is dead. there is a great need to do something. we do have some people who are always going to say if it can't be perfect, i'm against it. those are not the kind of people who ought to be in office because that's not the way a democracy works. so i believe you are still going to see a pretty good bill. >> what do you believe, ron paul? >> well, i'm afraid he's right. since i take the approach that we don't need more government in medicine and blame many of our problems that we've had too much government in medicine already so i'm not anxious for anything to come. really the question is how do you pay for it. i think more and more americans at least now are getting worried about how you pay for it. and even though i have an idealistic approach to medicine and everything that i do, that we should do it with less
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government, i do think everybody should be concerned about paying for it. that is the reason why i can hardly talk about anything economic without talking about foreign policy. that's why i've emphasized that the waste overseas is so bad and gets us into trouble and we're fighting these wars that are never declared and they're endless. so i'd save hundreds of billions of dollars by bringing our troops home and i would be willing to put a lot of that into medical care. but i still wouldn't endorse the idea that we need more government management of care. >> do you both philosophically believe that no american should go without health care? >> well, i don't think we can guarantee that by the government. but, larry, i have to say something that i'm afraid is going to be very disappointing with your viewers. i agree 100% with what ron paul just said. the hundreds of billions, the trillions we are on the verge of wasting in war that say do us more harm than good, that's really very important. and ron paul has spoken very accurately and i agree with him
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on that. i do believe that we ought to have a system that makes it -- that extends medical care, but you can't guarantee it. i think we can do a lot better in providing it. i would also say, the difference with ron is i think medicare is a good thing. i think for older people they are better off on medicare than what replaced it and that's government medicine. i would also say the most popular form of medicine as it's practiced in america in my experience is the holy government medicine that is dispensed by the department of veterans affairs. the veterans i talk to would get angry if someone said they were going to abolish that. >> congressman paul, would you agree that the public at large does not want you to fail again to come up, you as a body, to come up with something that improves what we have? >> well, everybody does can, but i might believe very sincerely that you can improve it with less government. others would believe that you have to have more government. for instance, in the imperfect world that we have, i don't think we should be cutting out
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funds from medicare. you know, it's in big trouble already. they were talking about taking $400 billion out of medicare to pay for these others. that doesn't make a lot of sense. i agree with the idea that everybody should have good health care but i just don't believe that government delivers on their promises, when you think about houses, we were going to give everybody a house. look, the poor people lost their houses. it was good intention, but the programs didn't work so that's why i'm afraid that when you promise people health care, that some of them will come up short. >> more on this next hour. congressman james clyburn of south carolina joins me in the newsroom to continue our look at health care reform as the debate continues now. the looming question is what's still in the bill that's being worked on now? senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins me next with the answer. take 2 extra strength tylenol every 4 to 6 hours?!? taking 8 pills a day...
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all right. checking our top stories right now, are president the obama heads to the international climate summit in denmark this evening. rich and poor nations remain dead locked over emissions cuts and aid, the u.s. vowing to join other wealthy countries in raising $100 billion for climate funding. south carolina governor mark sanford dodges another impeachment vote. a state house committee instead approved a resolution censuring sanford yesterday. the republican governor has been under fire for an extramarital affair and alleged misuse of state aircraft. italian prime minister silvio berlusconi left a hospital this morning. his face covered in bandages. berlusconi is recovering from an attack four days ago when a mentally ill man hit him with a small statue. it broke his nose and two of his teeth. the battle over health care
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reform intensified, to be sure, with republicans trying to block the bill and democrats battling over proposed compromises. the question is what could end up in this bill and how exactly would it affect you? cnn's patient advocate, elizabeth cohen, joining me now to break it all down for us. elizabeth, give us some examples of proposals in this bill and how they would eventually affect you and me. >> reporter: that's right, tony. to do this we brought back these avatars that you know you and i both love to illustrate what this bill as it stands now could mean to you and me. let's take, for example, the smith family. the smith family, they have two kids, they have their own computer business. they don't have insurance. that's what they don't have because they have their own business. so they make $57,000 a year. in the state they live in, they do not qualify for medicaid. however, under this new bill, they would be able to get medicaid. so they are definitely in much
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better shape. now let's take a look at someone else who needs help. his name, we call him heart attack harry and that's because harry had a heart attack. do you think any insurance company wants to insure this guy? >> no. pre-existing condition, no way. >> that's right, exactly. so he's in a terrible situation right now, so under this bill he would be able to get insurance because insurance companies would not be allowed to just tell him no. now let's take a look at how much money he makes. he makes $43,000 a year. he works for a small company that does not offer insurance. now, what this bill would do is it would give him a credit of about $700 towards buying insurance. now that's not much but it would allow him to get insurance for just under $4,000. the bill would also cap how much he would have to pay out of his own pocket. so heart attack harry needs some cardiac surgery next month, he will spend $2,000 and that's it. he won't have to spend any more. >> that's better than what he
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has now. >> reporter: nothing is worse than what he has now. >> exactly. now, will people still get penalized for not getting insured. >> reporter: you know what, they will get penalized for not getting insured. the purpose of that is that the whole purpose of this is to bring in as many people as possible into the insurance pool, especially those young people who are so good for the pool. so what this does is it finds -- fines people $95. a lot of people think that's not enough. it won't deter anyone. >> there's still a lot of shuffling lately and there are plenty of things likely not to appear in the final version from the senate, is that correct. >> reporter: right. let's go over those things. this is all talk and who knows, this will probably change a million times. right now the public option is out. it appears that's not going to happen. also medicare starting at age 55, that was an idea someone had. that is not going to happen apparently. and also language allowing arbitrary caps.
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there was some thought that the bill was going to let insurance companies say, oh, you've spent too much money, i'm putting a cap, we're done. the insurance company is done paying for you. now apparently there is talk that that will not happen, so cancer patients, others, very happy about that. >> very good. i think we're going to run this again next hour. that's good information. elizabeth, appreciate it. >> reporter: thanks, tony. we'll get some insight into where the health care bill stands next hour. i'll be joined by congressman james clyburn of south carolina.
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what is its? well, it is "the price is right" meets the pulpit. go to church, win cash prizes.
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a good way to fire up attendance during a time of economic tribulation. christine romans with a report prepared for our special "in god we trust, faith and money in america." >> all right, father, you get it all. it all belongs to you. we thank you, it all is yours, in jesus name. let's go! >> reporter: at the lighthouse church of all nations in suburban chicago, parishioners are lining up every week, hoping to receive more than just the sunday sermon. church pastor dan willis also recently began giving away money. with a congregation hit hard by the economic downturn, willis finishes every service with a cash prize. giving away $1,000 every week. >> if you are in seat number 365, you just won $500.
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>> due to the economic recession, i wanted to teach the parallel between faith and finances. >> 300, 400, 500. how are you feeling right about now. >> i'm happy. thank you so much! >> reporter: willis doesn't call the prize a lottery. instead, referring to it as a love gift, a chance to bless a lucky few, while also helping fill his pews. he says church attendance has grown from about 1600 to 2500 in just a few weeks. >> debt is not a financial condition. debt is a spiritual condition. >> reporter: recent winners say the money couldn't come at a better time. >> i went down to red lobster and celebrated with my wife and my kids. and then after that i paid a couple of bills off and did groceries. >> as i drove out my gas tank was on e so i drove straight to the gas station. >> can you imagine what would happen and i get passionate about this part, if every chuchb did something like this? >> reporter: that's exactly why
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some others in the religious community are concerned. >> the whole point of the christian life is to care for others, to love others, to give. and yet this could set up a mindset where the purpose of going to church is to acquire for one self, which is what christians usually call sin. >> we love you and there's nothing you can do about it. >> reporter: still, willis says it's not just the love that he hopes will continue to grow, but also the parking lot. he plans on building an additional lot to handle the hundreds more people coming to church every week, praying for a chance to win some cold, hard cash. >> sweetheart, you just won $100! >> reporter: christine romans, cnn. >> okay. balloting faith and finances. in a time when money is tight, christine romans explains the intersection of how we worship and how we spend. it airs this saturday night at 8:00 eastern here on cnn. it is a decision that could make or break millions of
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holiday plans. a judge rules in the british airways strike. we know why we're here. to build a new generation of airplanes to connect the world. airplanes that fly cleaner and farther on less fuel. and make nonstop travel possible to more places. announcer: around the globe, the people of boeing are working together-- to bring us together. that's why we're here.
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our jim boldin is at the court in london. jim, what was behind this dispute in the first place between the airline and the union. >> reporter: well, british airways and the cabin crew unions have been having a spat for a good six, eight months. british airways needs to cut costs, trying to become profitable again. it's been a terrible cup of years for the airlines. so it cut flights to miami, less cabin crew. they also want to hire new cabin crew at less money. the cabin crew union said no way, we've hated this idea so they voted for this strike on monday. since then there's been this huge uproar, criticism for both sides really, toeby. but the one thing british airways did is take the union to court here. the judge ruled an hour ago that the union broke the uk law, the labor laws here and the judge has said that the strike cannot go ahead starting next tuesday. that was going to be for 12 days and cause huge chaos for
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probably over a million people around the world, tony. >> jim, baggage handlers and check-in staff are looking at a walkout next week. anything on that? >> reporter: well, you know, i think they were doing that in sympathy. we'll have to see if they have the guts to go through with that. that could still cause chaos at heathrow airport. let's go over to michael holmes at the airport who may have more on that. michael. >> reporter: hey, jim. yeah, good to see you. now, listen, one thing to point out too, the union says they're going to probably have another vote on this. when that's going to happen, we don't know. but we've been here for a day or two now talking to passengers. they have been worried about this, they have been angry about it. so many plans have been thrown into disarray whether this happens or not. why should i talk about it when i've got somebody here. i'm going to bring in katie marcos who's from illinois. come right in, katie. now, katie has been studying abroad and she's got a lot of
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mates that have been studying abroad as well. how did this strike when it was all going ahead impact them? >> well, i've been going to school with about 16 girls, and about half of them that i came here on british airways with have been affected and they have had to pay at least $300 to about $2,000 extra just to make sure that they had a ticket home. >> reporter: because they have to buy another ticket for another airline. >> yeah, before christmas to see their family. >> reporter: of course now that the strike is officially off, they have still got the other tickets so they paid double. >> yeah, they have two round-trip tickets now. >> reporter: how do you feel about it being off. >> i feel like it was just a lot of stress for everybody that's been involved, just from talking to the people. i mean i'm on british airways right now and it was just tough to deal with along with going to school and then having to keep in touch with your parents. and they don't know what to do
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and you don't know what to do. >> reporter: okay, katie, thanks for that. appreciate that. katie marcos is going to be getting home to illinois a little later than planned. i actually loaned her my dad so she could call her dad and say don't come to the airport, i'm going to be a bit late. a lot of messed up people. even if the strike does not go ahead with, there's a lot of plans put into disarray and money spent to double book basically. >> hey, jim, i know we were having a bit of an ifb issue with you. i've got one more question, i'm going ahead assuming you can. so the court has ruled. do we know why the court ruled the way it did? >> reporter: well, very clearly british airways was claiming that there was a problem with the union allowing people in the cabin crew to vote for the strike, even if they had already decided to leave british airways. so november and december more than 800 members and staff who had taken what they call the
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buyout that british airways offered them but they still voted. british airways said you can't vote for a strike if you're not an employee when the strike takes place. the judge agreed. >> jim, appreciate it. michael holmes, appreciate it. thank you both. are you on the computer while you're watching me? how do i look on the computer? thinner? less bald? are you waiting for your lunch break to get online? okay, our josh levs shows you what to click on. that's next. [sound of starter pistol] the race is on.
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right now. president obama leaves for copenhagen this evening to join other world leaders at the climate summit. nations remain dead locked over emissions cuts and aid. the u.s. vowing to help wealthy countries raise $100 billion for climate funding. a man in prison for three decades now a free man, thanks to dna testing that cleared him of a child rape that he was convicted of but did not commit. he was 19 when he went to prison and now he is 54 years old. shawn goodman may finally be coming home. a brazilian court ruled that custody should go to his father, david goldman, of new jersey. goldman has been fighting for custody since his wife took the boy to brazil in 1994. thousands of prisoners have been let out of jail early and scientists have discovered a planet that they're comparing to earth. these are some of the most popular stories on and our josh levs is here to show
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us. good to see you, josh. >> reporter: good to see you too. this is a good reason for me to zoom in and show you some of the major stories people are taking a look at. we'll start out with this one here, it's very interesting. it's about the economy and having an effect on prisons throughout the country as a result of this economy. a lot of prisons around the country have started to let prisoners out early, in some cases tens of thousands, even below what the law allowed. as a rule it's not the most violent people but there are some there are showing overall good behavior and being allowed to go. we had a popular story about a drug cartel leader who was killed. this is one of the things i love about dot-com. this is a drug cartel leader who was killed. he is with the navy in mexico and we have this interactive that traces you through all these major cartel players in mexico. you can see who they are and
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sort them by the various names of their cartels and find out if they have been arrested, how many are still alive, what roles they play. all right there at i've got two fun stories for you. you just mentioned it, super earth. take a look at this. this is so interesting. let's zoom back in. scientists spotted this thing. it's a relatively nearby planet similar in size to earth. they're calling it a super earth because it's between one and ten times as big as earth. scientists have only known about this whole concept of a super earth for just a couple of years, so they're really excited about this. finally, tony, we're going to have fun with this. the 10 worst phrases to use at the office. have you seen this yet? >> no, no. we were talking about it a bit this morning in our meeting. yeah, this is pretty good. >> reporter: so they have named, this is, they have named the most annoying phrases that people keep using at your office and you want to get them to stop. i'm just going to show you three here, we have some graphics that they have chosen. pick your brain. they say they get sick of that. if you think about it too much
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it becomes gross. then i personally. >> oh, boy. >> reporter: is that one of yours? and then one more, past history. you don't need to say past and history. apparently some people are really bugged by redundancy. all of that going on at the it's a busy day at the website. >> it really is. thanks very much, josh, for doing your due diligence on this for us. appreciate it. that's also on the list, isn't it. i best it is. >> reporter: i love it. just ahead, boy, another custody case is getting international exposure now. a boy pleading not to go with his dad.
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boy, another wrenching custody fight to tell you about. this one playing out in texas. a little boy is dragged off a school bus by authorities and it is all caught on tape. he is given to a father now accused of kidnapping him. how could this have happened? here's david mattingly. >> reporter: it's an ugly child custody fight caught on tape with a very frightened little boycott in the middle. >> please help me. he's not my dad, he's not my
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dad. i don't want to leave with him. >> come on. you're going to have to get off the bus. >> i don't want to leave with him. >> reporter: with his own father standing outside his school bus, listen as 10-year-old jean paul pleads with texas constables for help, begging to stay with his mother. >> we're not going to let him do anything to you. >> no, please! someone help me, please! someone help me, please! someone help me, please! someone help me, please! >> reporter: his mother says it should have never been allowed to happen. >> take him to a place where he's going to be safe, not just given to him. if the kid was shouting, just please don't give my body to him, please put me in a safe place. he was pleading for that. >> reporter: but texas constables had a court order and turned him over to his father on the spot. jean felipe told a texas judge
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he had legal custody of his son in mexico. he did not. all this happened two months ago. texas authorities have since discovered that he actually lost custody and visitation rights after he took his son away to france to 2005. his mother had to fight two years to get him back. she moved to the united states, thinking that here they would be protected. so where did everything go wrong? the judge says he acted properly, based on the documents he was presented. >> you've got lawyers who are officers of the court telling you here's the order, here's my client swearing to that something is going to happen to the child. you have to understand in this case these people were making allegations, they are swearing to me. >> reporter: but listen to what the child says here. >> why is he not your dad? >> because he hits me a lot of times. i don't want to live with him. >> reporter: the district attorney says the child's claims of abuse still have not been
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investigated, but just the allegations alone at the time she says should have been enough for officers to act at the scene. >> the officers are initially r any form of child abuse. that they are aware. you have a child who is out crying. common sense would be that the officers call child protective services. and they didn't do that. >> reporter: the father and the child have not been heard from since. calls to his attorneys by cnn were not returned. john felipe lacomb is now wanted for kidnapping and accused of lying to the judge. david mattingly, cnn, atlanta. >> bernice diaz will be in the "newsroom" later today. we'll get to that in a moment. but the boy's mom, bernice diaz, told cnn's anderson cooper, who she blames for losing her son. >> first of all, i blame his lawyers, because i suspect, you
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know, they are involved in this conspiracy. second i blame the judge because he should have been more precautious at giving these orders. and, third, i blame the police, because they didn't hear the begs of my child, saying that he's mistreated by his father, saying that he didn't want to go with him. so, i -- i blame them all, you know? >> okay. got the information i was looking for a moment ago. bernice diaz will be in the "newsroom" this afternoon. richard lui is in for kyra phillips, and this conversation will take place at the top of the 1:00 p.m. hour, i'm sure you won't want to miss it. so, right at the top of the 1:00 p.m. hour of the "cnn newsroom," this conversation between bernice diaz and our richard lui coming up in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." did iraqi insurgents know where unmanned u.s. planes were headed? we will get the latest from pent
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in iraq, an increasingly common trend, the kidnapping of young children for ransom. one top police official says some of the money paid to kidnappers is going to terrorist groups. our isha sesay reports on one of these heartbreaking cases. >> reporter: overwhelmed by grief and struggling to come to terms with their loss, these parents repeatedly asked the same question, why was their
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beautiful 9-year-old son alawi taken from them? the child's father tells me he disappeared on friday, december the 6th, 2009. that day he had gone to the corner shop just a few yards away to run an errand for his mother, something he'd done many times before. >> translator: the first 30 minutes when he went missing, we immediately understood that he was kidnapped, because i know my children. they are never late. >> reporter: longtime residents of this neighborhood in northwestern baghdad who has worked for the minister of industry and owns a small store close by, his wife is a teacher. they say until now their only focus has been bringing up their three young children, zara, mustafa and alawi. >> translator: i don't have any enemies at all. we are a peaceful family, and we don't have any problem with anyone. why they kidnap my son? >> reporter: after searching
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their neighborhood for several hours, the family called in the iraqi army, which combed nearby streets but failed to find the child. the kidnappers contacted the family a day later, demanding $10,000. >> translator: i told them i would do anything, just please take care of alawi, he is such a good kid. >> reporter: he says arrangements were made to hand over the money and assurances given that alawi would be unharmed. after delivering the cash, he says he was told to wait for his son to be dropped off at a neighborhood restaurant. that never happened. >> translator: i went there, but my son was not there. i tried to call them, but the phones were switched off. >> reporter: at this point the family turned to the iraqi security forces who raided the houses close by. they say they found his $10,000 in the house of a longtime friend who lived right next door. alawi's body was discovered by another neighbor, four days after he went missing. the child had been wrapped in a
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blanket and dumped just yards away from his home. his father tells me his son was strangled. >> translator: alawi was killed on the first day, because he knew the kidnappers, and they did not want to keep him alive for that. >> reporter: alawi's funeral was a neighborhood affair. their parents tell me there was a great deal of public anger surrounding what happened to their child. now, police have charged two men with kidnapping and murder. both of whom were well known to this family. the houses of the accused stand empty after their own families fled. they are demanding they be executed. >> translator: i asked prime minister nuri al maliki, the government and the human rights groups to carry out the execution on them, because they are criminals were and if they killed one, they can kill others. >> reporter: but this is now a broken family. they've already sent their other children to temporarily live elsewhere. out of fears for their safety.
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they're now in the process of packing up all their belongings and plan to leave baghdad shortly. they both say they cannot bear to be in this house full of memories of alawi. unfortunately alawi's story is becoming increasingly common in iraq. according to minister of interior officials we spoke to, since mid2008 there has been a dramatic rise in the number of kids kidnapped. at one point, between eight to ten kids a week were being snatched. the same official also believes these crimes are about more than just easy money. he says, some of the ransom is being used to fund terrorist activities by groups such as al qaeda. meanwhile, the head of baghdad's emergency police department says there are clear procedures in place to deal with reports of kidnapped children. >> translator: we send emergency police patrol to the location of the incident and inform all the patrols in the neighborhood to take the needed measures that could lead us to arrest the kidnappers. >> reporter: measures were unable to save young alawi azy.
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today as iraq struggles to remain intact and avoid the descent into all-out chaos, it is children like him in the crosshairs, innocent victims of a brutal war. isha sesay, cnn, baghdad, iraq. >> oh, boy. time now for your "top of the hour" reset. i'm tony harris in the "cnn newsroom." it's 8:00 p.m. in the evening in iraq where a newspaper report said militants are hacking live feeds from u.s. drones. it is 3:00 p.m. in brazil, where a new jersey father hopes to reclaim his son after a five-year international custody fight. it is none at the u.s. capitol where the house and senate health care bills take on vastly different looks. i am getting answers from the house majority whip this hour. okay, let's get started. did iraqi insurgents outsmart the u.s. military? "the wall street journal" reports the militants hacked into live video feeds from spy drones using internet software that cost about 25 bucks.
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live now to cnn's elaine quijano at the white house. and, elaine, what are officials there at the pentagon saying about all of this? >> well, not much, tony, as you can imagine, being the sensitive nature of this, being an intelligence matter and all. people at the pentagon are being very hesitant and tightlipped about this story. "the wall street journal" as you said, reported this morning that militants in iraq had used very inexpensive software to basically intercept live video feeds of u.s. predator drones. now, the one message that officials here at the pentagon are trying to get across is that this is an issue that has been, quote, addressed and fixed, according to a senior defense official. however, one of the reporters who broke the story, shaavon gorman, said on cnn's "american morning" that officials have said it's not necessarily a quick fix. take a listen. >> it's a little bit harder than putting a box on drone, because part of the problem is the drones are 1990s era, so you
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have to upgrade some of the computer networks as well. >> reporter: a u.s. official said no u.s. troops or missions were compromised as a result of this breach. a pentagon spokesman would not comment on that and would only say when the defense department does identify shortfalls, tony, they obviously work to correct them. but the bottom line here at the pentagon, officials are not denying the basic outlines of the story that "the wall street journal" reported this morning. tony? >> so, elaine, we know these incidents happened with drones in iraq. of course, the u.s. is also operating drones out of pakistan. do we think those drones are as vulnerable as the drones operating in iraq? >> well, sources, tony, who are informed about this, tell cnn that this is not a concern for the drones used by the intelligence community in pakistan. why? well, sources say that those drones used the very latest encryption technology and are used in a much more limited capacity than military drones. >> got you. >> so, the short answer is, they're not really worried about this situation with those drones
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in pakistan. >> okay, elaine, appreciate it. thank you. anger and anticipation escalating at the international climate conference in copenhagen. protesters back on the streets outside the talks today, while environmental ministers meet inside. they are trying to produce partial agreements to present to president obama and more than 110 other leaders of tomorrow's session. secretary of state, hillary clinton, now pledging to help rich nations raise $100 billion to help poorer nations cope with climate change. >> we must try to overcome the obstacles that remain. we must not only seize this moment, but raise our oars together and row in the same direction toward our common destination and destiny. and the united states is ready to do our part. >> on cnn tonight, can the 100-plus leaders of the copenhagen summit reach consensus on climate change? will the u.s. take the lead? t 1.
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>> wow, that is a strong statement. mexico's military says it has taken out a major drug cartel boss. arturo beltran leyva was killed in a two-hour gun battle at an apartment complex in a town south of mexico city. the u.s. said beltran leyva imported and distributed tons of cocaine and heroin into the united states and was responsible for grisly killings including beheadings. an american father wins custody of his son in brazil after a five-year legal battle. david goldman has sought custody since his wife left with the boy on a vacation to brazil and never returned. our jason carroll has the latest on this story. >> tony, david goldman said he was flown down to rio at least a dozen times when a brazilian
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court has ruled in his favor. this time, he is hopeful it will be the last time. >> reporter: the decision by a brazilian appeals court was unanimous, that there was no celebrating, not even the hint of a smile on the face of david goldman. >> i've been down this road for 5 1/2 years. until i'm on the plane with shawn and the wheels are up, i can only be hopeful. >> reporter: the ruling upheld the decision this summer that ordered his 9-year-old son, shawn, to be returned home with him to new jersey. but the homecoming could face one more roadblock. the family of shawn's now deceased mother is expected to file an appear with the supreme court today, but goldman's supporters are cautiously optimistic the ruling will stand. >> remember, this is an abdu abducting family. they're kidnappers, and yet david has -- but they come from a very high-powered legal family in rio de janeiro, so they've had a great deal of sway with the court. >> reporter: the custody battle has now spanned five years,
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starting back in 2004, when shawn's mother, bruina bianchi, took shawn to brazil for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation. she enjuanly remarried and died during childbirth. and the family now argues that it would traumatizing to remove him from his home. goldman's fight here in the states have been taken up by secretary of state hillary clinton and it's that international pressure that some say could make this ruling stick. >> i think the justices are on their toes trying to do the right thing. have been, the world, is watching this case. this case is being watched by the entire world. >> reporter: a case that went to be over until this father watches his son board a plane home. >> my emotions are in check. i'm focused on just doing what i can to comfort my son. >> secretary clinton releasing a statement saying she appreciated the assistance and cooperation from brazil, and she hopes the
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long legal process is finally over. representative smith from new jersey, who you saw in the piece there, and who has been working with the family, says the brazilian high court will take up the appeal today. the supreme court could grant a stay once again delaying shawn's return, or allow shawn to be returned to his father while the appeal is decided. tony? >> all right, jason, appreciate it. thank you. if and when the senate passes a health care bill, it will have to be reconciled with the house version. i'm going to ask one of the key players in the house for his thoughts and on where things stand right now, where they're headed. you want to watch hoops on the bus,
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the battle over health care reform keeps getting ugly. maybe uglier, with republicans trying to block the bill. democrats battling over proposed compromises, and house and senate versions of the measure looking vastly different. joining me live now from capitol hill, house majority whip, james clyburn of south carolina. representative clyburn, great to see you again. >> thank you. >> are you ready for a couple of pretty pointed questions here? >> yes, i am. >> okay, here we go. before we get to health care, your chamber passed a jobs bill, $174 billion. >> yeah. >> narrowly, 36 democrats voted against it. what's in the bill? my understanding is that it will provide funding for job training and transportation projects. >> yes, it will. you know, the reason this vote was a bit controversial is because there are a lot of
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cross-currents here. there are some people who felt that the top money that we were using to pay for a big portion of this, should not be used for this purpose. >> yeah. >> and a few of them had made public statements to that, not realizing that if you did not use the t.a.r.p. money before the end of the year, it would go away. and so by the time we got around to explaining to people, it was a bit late in the process. in fact, were it not for that explanation being made in a very timely manner by the speaker of the house, i'm not too sure we would have gotten to the 217 that we got. so, there are a lot of cross-currents here, other people felt that that half of the bill that was not being paid for would, in fact, be contributing to the debt and deficit. >> yeah. exactly. >> and they had that problem with it. so, there were a lot of things there. a lot of people are saying, well, you aren't spending enough. >> right.
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>> and we should really do a robust spending bill. so that's what happens when you have all these cross-currents. it's kind of hard to get -- >> and that's the process, right? >> yes, sir. >> it's being played out in the health care debate. >> yeah. >> do you expect the senate to pass its version of health care reform, all right, before christmas? >> yes, i do. of course, it won't be the first time that i did not get my expectations from the senate, if they were not to do it. >> there, there. there, there. >> but i think they will. i think they'll pass something. and i really believe that our staffs will work together during the holidays, and when we get back after the first of the year, the house and senate will probably have something to vote on. >> yeah. that's interesting. so, i'm wondering, representative anthony wiener of new york says that the bill has gotten worse in its present form, even though more people
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will be covered. and he had this to say regarding the removal of the public option. then i've got a question for you. >> well -- >> i don't believe that you should let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and unlike some people in this town, i actually want to get health care reform passed, but when we go into a house/senate conference, one of the things a lot of my colleagues will be asking, what are the things we can do to improve the choices that consumers have. make some competition for the insurance companies. >> representative clyburn, do you agree with that assessment? put us in the conference room provided you get a senate bill, are the sticking points for the final negotiation for the bill, be the same sticking points that we've been talking about for months now, the public option, likely in the house bill and not likely to be in the senate bill and strong language prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortions? are we going to revisit the same sticking points again? >> absolutely. we are going to do that. but that's what a conference is all about. bob casey, i understand, senator
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bob casey, has been tasked with the job of trying to work out language that will satisfy everybody on the abortion question. other people will be doing other parts of the bill on the senate side, and when it gets to conference, we will all take a look at this. you know, i've been saying to people, the thing that's a little bit insulting to me in this whole discussion is that the house of representatives worked very, very hard. you've got 258 democrats. we produced a good product that most people felt comfortable with. we created momentum to get this thing going over in the senate. now all of a sudden, people are acting as if the senate happens to be the only game in town. the senate is not the only game in town. this thing is going to come to conference, and we, on the house side, are going to fight very hard to make sure that we get competition in this system, that
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we contain costs, that we provide choices, that we get rid of rejections and recisions, and we're going to be fighting very hard for those positions. and i hope we can reach compromise that both bodies can approve. >> are you going to be one of the conferrees? >> i have no idea. i certainly hope so. i -- i think that i have something to offer to the discussion. >> yeah, well, if you are, we want a pipeline to you. representative clyburn, happy holidays to you. we appreciate it. thank you for your time. >> same to you. we've heard about the public option, expanding medicare, buying drugs from other countries, mandated coverage. so, what's in and what's out? cnn's chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, has a status update for us. >> well, tony, we've been talking about health care for over a year now, and lots of progress in many ways and lots of obstacles as well. as you listen to what i'm saying here, keep in mind that if the senate bill passes, at least in
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its current form, it could offer access to about 31 million more americans. that's based on some recent projections. but some of the things that have not happened in the senate bill, one of the big ones we've been talking about since the campaign, no public option. the public option is not part of this senate bill. that was a big one. and that was something that people have been talking about for some time. also something we've been hearing about the past couple of weeks, this idea of expanding meld care to age 55. again, as you know, that's not in this bill either. that was something that was talked about quite a bit even over the last couple of days. one that you may not have heard about that may have helped lower drug costs, this idea of purchasing drugs from overseas. that's not going to happen, at least not as part of this current version of the senate bill, because of concerns about drug safety on those importations. now, there are some things that have happened, worth pointing out and, again, part of that larger ture. fir the health insurance exchange, creating a marketplace to which anyone can buy in and having those insurance companies
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compete with one another for people who do not have enough money to purchase health care insurance, this on also be where some subsidies would kick in. also no lifetime caps on benefits. as things stand now, there's a lot of -- a lot of caps, for example, the family has significant illness in that family, after a certain amount of money is paid out to cover those health care costs, the money would just stop. it would be capped, and the family would sort of be left to fend for themselves. that want to happen anymore. also mandated employee insurance coverage, meaning if you work for a large employer, you will get health insurance coverage, or that employer will be penalized. and finally a big one -- a big one that seems to have really drawn some support really on all sides -- no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. there was some controversy over that. there was a concern people would game the system. they would buy insurance only when they got sick and then cancel it once they got better. the compromise that's been reached is people will pay a penalty for not having health care insurance in the first
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place, that's the mandate part of this, and they will also pay a penalty if they cancel the health care insurance after they get better. one of the big things that still remains is the hot-button issue of abortion, 2009, 2010 almost, we're talking about this. abortion is still something that could potentially derail this. there's a concern that should subsidy money be used in any way to pay for abortions. people feel very strongly about this on both sides, and it may come down in many ways, after all that 2005 discussed, down to this issue. we'll keep you posted, obviously, tony, back to you. top stories now, iraqi militants reportedly tap into live video feeds from american drones robbing the u.s. of the element of surprise, obviously. "the wall street journal" said insurgents are hacking drone feeds with a $26 software program. the paper says the pentagon has known about the security problem since late 1990s. british airways avoids a holiday strike. britain's high court granted the
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i'm meteorologist chad myers. a significant weather situation setting up this weekend. up the i-81 corridor. a major north/south route for people traveling this weekend may be shut down with snow. the storm is right here. it's raining, obviously, houston, new orleans, rain. rain will move into atlanta. it will be warm enough to make rain. the problem is when you get a little bit of elevation right through here, up the i-81, i-77, i-40, that's when this storm is going to make a significant dent in the travel potential all the way from virginia through west virginia, the mountains all the way into the carolinas, maybe even knoxville, i would say the tricities, bristol, all those areas, you could see 20 inches of snow. i'm not kidding. i'm not saying centimeters or millimeters, either, 20 inches of snow possible here, from west of d.c. and this ends in 48 hours. d.c., i think you will get some, the major areas might be out to
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the west-northwest of rockville, and areas there. but look at this, this is all purple. you could have a bunch of interstates coming right through that area. that purple is 20 inches of snow or more, and then it's going to be blowing around, tony. you -- if you're traveling, this weekend, if you planned on going somewhere on saturday, through the mountain areas here, you're going to have to change those plans. go either all the way i-95 or go to the west around this system. this is going to be a major headache for a lot of people trying to go places across this area. >> you've been forewarned now, no excuses now, right? >> no excuses. this could be deadly if people sit there in 20 inches of snow and unable to room and run out of gas and the national guard has to come get you, it will get ugly, trust me. >> so, make your alternative plans now, thank you, chad, sir. >> thank you. our ali velshi has hit the roads to see how americans are dealing with difficult, difficult economic hard times. he's talked to one woman who has
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we're looking at triple-digit losses so far on the day. three hours into the trading day. the nasdaq hard hit as well. at last check down 23. we will find out what's going on with these numbers from susan lisovicz, who is watching everything, what's going on on the street throughout the day, right here in the "cnn newsroom." got to tell you, there is help coming for thousands of troubled homeowners, from one of the nation's most bailed-out banks.'s poppy harlow is in new york for us. and poppy, what can you tell us? good to see you, first of all. >> good to see you, too, tony. what we heard late last night that citigroup's mortgage arm is going to suspend foreclosures for thousands s os of people fo days. it's going to take effect tomorrow. it is about 20% of citi's lending portfolio in terms of mortgages. it only applies to you if your loan is owned by citigroup, but if you just make payments to
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citi and your loan is owned by somebody else, another group of investors, unfortunately you won't qualify for this. a little clarity on that. and also, tony, it comes as the obama's administration efforts to modify mortgages have really fallen short by some accounts. only 20% of troubled borrowers have gotten long-term help under the prevention foreclosure plan. citi said, listen, we've enrolled -- a little extra sound for you there. citi said they've enrolled about 100,000 people in the government's program, but get this, tony, they say only 271 of those mortgage modifications -- >> yeah, yeah. >> -- have been made permanent, that's according, actually, to the treasury. so, out of 100,000 enrolled, only 271 have actually worked. to be fair, on the other hand, tony, i want to shea, some high-level bank executives have told me, listen, we're trying but the paperwork we get from treasury is about this and complex, so a lot of people can't get it done. we'll see if it changes and
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hinge thing helps things as well. >> the house of representatives trying to help as well. what can you tell me about the jobs creation bill passed last night? >> sure. what we know that the house passed is more than $150 of that is earmarked for job creation and unemployment assistance in many different forms. take $75 billion of that, they're trying to get it from the t.a.r.p. fund -- >> yes. >> -- which the president has talked so much about to spend on infrastructure and also helping states prevent laughs. $79 billion of that would go towards what they're calling an emergency safety net, and tony, most of it would add to the deficit, that's what the congressional budget office said. what would we be paying for there? it would add to the deficit and paying unemployment benefits and the c.o.b.r.a. health care subsidy and some other things. but i should note this, this weekend, tony, the senate is expected to pass a two-month extension of those benefits, but they won't take up the jobs
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creation measure until next year. a little bit of aid is expected from the senate and on the president's desk maybe sometime next week, tony? >> money for job straining and retraining in some cases. >> absolutely. >> and also spending for some infrastructure as well. good stuff. >> yes. >> poppy, appreciate it, thank you. it's a tough economy, no news there, but some people are coming up with some unique ways to overcome job loss. our chief business correspondent, ali velshi, is in savannah, georgia, with that story. ali, look, i don't mean to sound dubious here, but how do you make coupons a business? >> reporter: i got to tell you, i would not have known. >> yes. >> reporter: and one of the things you and i have been talking about all week, we're talking to people that have come up with creative solutions to help themselves or their communities and their businesses, and this is basic and i wouldn't have thought you could do anything like this. a woman lost her job and she turned it around. listen to this. >> a year ago i was laid off from my job as a marketing director, and because of the
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economy, and because of needing financial help, we decided to start couponing, me and my friends, and what has come back from that is that we've developed a website, called where we send out e-mailed shopping lists telling them where they can save about 60% to 90% on groceries. we match what the coupons are that are currently out there with the sales that are out in the local stores. we charge $5 a month for our service and we e-mail on the day that every single sale starts a list to all the people and we actually do all the hard work for everybody. we tell them we do the legwork for them, because couponing is really not an easy thing to do. >> what i'll do is i'll take the sales flyers -- >> my father has recently retired, and he's just taken to couponing like a duck in water. >> so, this is my stash, as we say here. >> where he's actually had to build a second pantry onto his house because he's saving so much and buying so many things. >> i can walk in and spend $150 with my discounts, with my
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coupons, i can walk out with $35, $40. >> reporter: has this generated some income for you? >> very little right now. we're just in our beginning stages. what we've done is we've started with facebook marketing. just in the month of october alone, we went from having 100 fans on facebook to 2,000, about 2,067 fans. a lot of people feel that we're not that bad off that we have to go use coupons. the point is, it doesn't matter how bad off you are, you can really take that savings and put it towards something else in your household. >> reporter: so, it's logical no what your financial station is to try to save on the basics. >> i believe it is. one of the things we also do is promote charity, too. >> one of the nice things i found recently was glucose meters. you can go to some of the places like cvs, pay $20 for this here, and they'll give you 20 bucks back in extra bucks, so you can use the $20. what i'll do with this is donate
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it to one of the emergency things so they can start the patients with a glucose meter. it surprises me that there's not so many people that are out actually doing this. >> reporter: now, tony, here's the amazing thing. it is so simple. she started doing this so that she could save some money. she's made a little small business out of it. by her own admission she's not making a lot of money off of it, but there's potential there, the third thing which is really great, particularly in this holiday season, they are encouraging people to get the things that have 90% in some cases 100% off if you use the coupon system in the right way and if you don't need it, donate it to somebody like the mission that shannon's father is donating to. that's fantastic. who here's the other thing we got an e-mail by publishing this story today, we've crashed her webs so, she says be patient, she's trying to get it all fixed up. but it's just so simple, a guy like me who has never been organized enough to clip coupons, i will subscribe coupons. i will save money on the things
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that i actually have to buy anyway, like toothpaste and pasta, why not? >> i love it. i love it. i got to rethink it. appreciate it, ali, see you soon, doc. >> reporter: my pleasure. remember when we took you to basic training yesterday? we want to give you an even closer look.
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proposie in preparing for w we've been following will mclain, a new army recruit, through enlistment and basic training. now we follow mclain through one of the grueling parts of basic
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training, the gas chamber. >> hurry up. >> five, six. >> ahh, ahh! >> if you have a good seal on your mask. >> face your right. >> here it is. one, two, three. >> one. >> one, two, three. >> one, two. >> hold it. i want you to pull your mask up so the drill sergeant can see your mouth. your left hand and place it on your buddy's left shoulder. with your right hand you will get ahold of your mask and transfer it to your elbow.
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>> into the mouth, out through the nose. >> our guns like it's 1969. >> come up, come down. >> his nose is going to touch the charging pin. >> boy, that's very tough stuff, huh? in texas an angry mother is speaking out, after her son was dragged off a school bus by authorities two months ago, and given to a father now accused of kidnapping him. jean felipe lacomb told a judge he had legal custody of his son in mexico. he did not. the father and the boy have not been heard from since.
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the mother, bernice bias told cnn's anderson cooper who she blames for losing her son. >> first of all, i blame his lawyers, because i suspect, you know, they are involved in this conspiracy. second, i blame the judge, because he should have been more precautious at giving this order. and third, i blame the police, because they didn't hear the begs of my child, saying that he's mistreated by his father, saying that he didn't want to go with him. so, i -- i -- i blame them all, you know? >> all right. berenice diaz will be in the "newsroom" this afternoon. richard lui is in for kyra phillips. that conversation at the top of the 1:00 p.m. hour, don't -- don't miss it. and checking our top stories right now -- "the wall street journal" is reporting militants in iraq have used computer soft wear to intercept live video feeds from
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u.s. predator drones. according to the newspaper, senior defense and intelligence officials say iranian-backed insurgents have intercepted drone feeds with software that can be bought for about $25. president obama leaves tonight for the climate change conference in copenhagen. he will be joined by more than 100 other world leaders. hundreds of protesters have been outside the talks. they have been arrested. this scene from yesterday. inside, negotiations over a comprehensive deal on greenhouse gas emissions appears deadlocked. >> british airways has won a high court injunction prohibiting a 12-day work stoppage that was set to start next week. union members are angry over plans they say will extend working hours and cut crew levels. travel experts say the strike would have affected about 1 million passengers during holidays. when is free not really free? gerri willis gives us some tips on how to protect yourself from the latest scam. with certain high blood pressure medicines the way aleve sometimes can. that's one reason why doctors recommend the medicine
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here's the thing, free trials are not always free. visa is cutting off 100 internet sellers that it says fleeced customers with deceptive ads.
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personal finance editor, gerri willis, checking in with us. gerri, good to see you. tell us about these scams, will you please. >> hey there, tony. yeah. you may have seen the free trial ads for things like teeth whiteners, colol cleansers, in many cases when you click on the free trial, you may or not get the product, but then if you don't cancel the product or opt out you get charged repeatedly for future charges and services. according to visa almost 30% of online consumers have been victimized by this market. one company received more than complaints this year than bbb receives about the entire airline industry in one year, believe it or not sometimes these free trial offers are buried inside what looks like a fake news site. i want to show you here. >> oh, yeah. >> take a look at this example. you think it's legitimate, right? see how even the big media companies, hey, hours, cnn is right there. that is not our website, we did not agree to that, okay?
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but below the fake article are links to free trials. you may see fake testimonials or consumer comments. the deadline frequently is the next day. often the details of the offer are buried in terms and conditions. that's how you know you are dealing with someone legit because they don't bury them. >> got you. gerri, how do you protect yourself from these scams? >> don't hand over your debit or credit card number to any business without checking them out first. the bbb is a great place to start. you can also check in with your state attorney general. pay attention to any prechecked boxes on a website before you give a credit card number. if there's a check in one of these boxes, delete it. that's a big red flag if you see it, otherwise you could be bound to terms and conditions you don't want. make sure you review your credit card statements when you get them for unauthorized charges. if you do see unusual activity or unusual charges, call up the company and try to resolve it with them, if that doesn't work
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you have to dispute with your credit card issuer. and don't forget to tune into your "your bottom line" this weekend. >> "your bottom line." >> yes. we'll put santa on a budget, believe it or not. how to manage your kids' gift expectations and plus some cheap tricks for food and wine before you buy. we'll also show you how to have a really great dinner party, tony, and not spend a bundle. >> i need help in managing these expectations. the kids think they're going to get every doggone thing. they're not going to get nothing, nothing from me. gerri, appreciate it. >> i don't believe that for a minute. >> gerri, appreciate it. nice to see you. we're about to see the world's smallest snowman. boy, do we mean small. medicare.
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here's pacifica, and here we go up to esplanade avenue. it's kind of a rocky place. pretty topographic. here's what it looks like right now, some of it is falling into the ocean. we've had high surf the past few days. surf today almost 15 to 17 feet, and so this surf now pounding against these cliffs -- >> oh, my goodness. >> -- and literally washing part of california into the ocean. and they are evacuating this apartment complex here, 330 esplanade, this condo complex, as we are seeing, look how close the edge of that has gotten to. >> that is insane. >> over to the right you can see where they've tried to stop any more erosion by rainfall by putting up the plastic baggies basically -- >> yeah. >> -- trying to get it to not erode anymore, but literally it's the surf itself from the storms offshore that have come in and taken this underlying send dimt, rock, away, i'm
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hoping we get a shot of the ocean at some point in time, because i know our affiliate, kgo, did shoot it. it was really rough. here we go. here we go. we're going to zoom out. the problem is when we get into high tide, those waves and those waters were getting up higher and higher and taking some of that down. obviously rainfall had something to do with this as well, as you start to see the mud easily move compared to what would be solid, dry soil. tony? >> well, here's the thing on this, chad. i'm reading this wire account. and pacifica's chief building official -- >> uh-huh. >> -- this is a guy by the name of doug rider, he's quoted as say spg the building is not sliding into the ocean -- >> correct. >> -- yet! >> i like that. >> okay? >> those people don't care whether it's yet or now or -- yeah. >> good point. but the tenants are getting their stuff and packing up and getting out. >> yeah. >> because this is scary close! >> well, it's a very big cliff, and you can see how close this was built. everything else away from these
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areas, a little bit farther away because maybe they had more forethought. >> yeah, boy, all right, chad appreciate it. thank you. keep an eye on this situation obviously. vice president joe biden, is handing out money today, he announced the first wave of grants for broadband expansion. the money will go primarily to rural communities that are now underserved. biden made the announcement in georgia with the state's republican governor at his side. >> make no mistake, this is an historic investment today, it's over $200 million in grants and loans we're going to announce and over the next 70 days we'll announce another $200 billion in loans and grants. and when it's all said and done, we'll be awarding $7.2 billion for access for brad band in areas like dawsonville and all around the country. >> these brood band grants are part of the $787 billion stimulus package. josh levs is here to show us
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the tiniest snowman ever. >> it's getting close to the bottom of the hour. we're getting funny here, the world's tiniest snowman ever, take a look. ♪ three-dimensional snowman, we're looking at a three-dimensional snowman all the way inside there. it's one tenth of a human hair, it's made from two tin beads. it's less than 0.0001 millimeter. it's one of the uk's leading science and research facilities where it comes from. what we're looking at is the whole idea of nanotechnology.
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do you know the nanotechnology that's growing around us in medicine and computers, it's used everywhere? it's built of tiny microscopic bits and astigmatism and nanomanipulation what they were used to do this. we've got to go. >> we've got to go? >> they're drawing the attention to the power of this, how tiny the technology that has gotten today, powers the technology we use, that small, something like that. >> appreciate it, josh, thank you. getting a moment here, trying to play the cnn challenge. you can play the challenge by going to here's the question, which independent senator announced that he could not support the democrats' medicare at 55 proposal, vermont's bernie sanders, kentucky's joe lieberman? nevada's harry reid? utah's orrin hatch? we'll have the answer after this. tightness in my chest came back- i knew i had to see my doctor. he told me i had choices in controller medicines.
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we chose symbicort. symbicort starts to improve my lung function within 15 minutes. that's important to me because i know the two medicines in symbicort are beginning to treat my symptoms and helping me take control of my asthma. and that makes symbicort a good choice for me. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. and should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol may increase the chance of asthma-related death. so, it is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on other asthma medicines. see your doctor if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. i know symbicort won't replace a rescue inhaler. within 15 minutes symbicort starts to improve my lung function and begins to treat my symptoms. that makes symbicort a good choice for me. you have choices. ask your doctor if symbicort is right for you. (announcer) if you cannot afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help.
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so, we are playing the cnn challenge, of course, the question is which independent senator announced he would not support the democrats' medicare at 55 proposal? your choices were vermont's bernie sanders. kentucky's joe lieberman, nevada's harry reid, utah's
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orrin hatch? the answer, of course, you've been paying attention, it's pretty easy. connecticut's joe lieberman. you can play by going to to test your news awareness. we are "pushing forward" right now with the next hour of "cnn newsroom" with richard lui. >> thank you, tony harris. coming up, child custody catastrophe, a texas boy forced to go with a father he does not want by a judge he does not know. ruling on facts he did not have. the child now missing, the father's a fugitive. we'll have a live talk with the mother coming up. and then father and son reunion now closer than ever in brazil. a five-year intercontinental custody battle may be over, but the dad's not celebrating yet. james bain, on the other hand -- >> i am now signing the order, sir, you are a free man, congratulations.


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